Tyre Safety: Check Your Tyres for Wear and Tear
Tyres are an integral part of a car as they are the only source of contact between your vehicle and the road, playing an important role in providing the ability for a car to move, brake and steer. Vehicle and occupant safety, as well as performance and ride comfort depend greatly on the condition of the tyres, which is why it is very important to keep them regularly checked.
Like many other parts, tyres have a certain lifespan and will start showing signs of wear and tear over time. One good measure to know if your tyres need replacing is by checking the depth of the tread. Some brands come with wear indicators which are usually located in the grooves of the tread pattern. Some don’t and need to be examined with a coin or a ruler. Many manufacturers recommend replacing at depth of less than 3 mm.
Tyre pressure (including the spare) is also vital in ensuring the safety and performance of a vehicle. Make sure your tyres do not contain too much or too little air or else you’ll be visiting the tyre shop sooner than expected. Always inflate the tyres to the manufacturer’s recommendation, which can be found in the user manual and on a label on the door frame. While it is okay to fill in slightly more air than recommended, never go past the maximum inflation pressure.
Have you ever noticed your vehicle pulling to one side while driving? If you have, it’s time to get your tyres alignment and balancing checked. Well balanced tyres help to reduce vibration and protects some of the components including suspension and bearings.